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School Holiday Food Fund Programme

Christmas Holidays 2020 Financial Support for families

COVID-19 Update

Update 21 December 2020 - Following the First Ministers announcement, that schools are not to reopen to physical teaching until the 18 January 2021, Children in receipt of FSM are eligible for a further £30 Holiday food payment. 

The additional payment to eligible parents will be made as soon as possible.

Christmas Holidays are fast approaching, Schools will be closed from Monday 21st December 2020 and will reopen to pupils on Wednesday 6th January 2021. 
As previously advised, our Council will be issuing payments of £45.00 per child to all of the families who are registered for Free School Meals within our region. This payment will be in the same way as your School Clothing Grant was paid and you will receive this during the week beginning Monday 14th December 2020.

You will receive a payment if you:
•    Have a child enrolled in formal education within Dumfries and Galloway (P1 - S6)
•    Have been assessed as satisfying the financial conditions for Free School Meals

If you have more than 1 child who satisfies the conditions as listed above you will receive a single payment containing the payment for all of your children.

In addition to the above payment, the Scottish Government have also announced that an additional payment of £100 per eligible child will also be made. This payment can be used for whatever purposes you wish as you will know best what your children will need at this time. These payments will be added to your Holiday Food Fund payment so that you will receive these at the same time.

We hope that this support will make a positive difference to you and your families during this holiday period. 
If you have any queries in relation to Free School Meals Applications, please contact our Welfare and Benefits Team via the link below: or by telephone on 030 33 33 3006

Further information

  • Email
  • Call 030 33 33 3000
  • Write to: Tackling Poverty and Inequalities Team, Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries, DG1 1LW
Page last updated: 22/12/2020
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